SystemBC may not be a high-profile infection, but it is a dangerous threat that works hand-in-hand with banking Trojans. What’s more, it is hard to tell whether you have this infection on your computer or not. Thus, SystemBC may function for a pretty long time before anyone notices it is there. How is it possible to notice that you have been infected by this application? Well, it is important to run regular system scans with a security tool of your choice. This way, you would manage to remove SystemBC as soon as possible. What’s more, you would also intercept other potential threats that are bound to reside on your system.
Computer security specialists say that this infection and everything related to it spreads in regions where Windows piracy is prevalent. The distribution of this malware is prevalent in these regions because SystemBC uses exploit kits to spread, and these exploit kits make use of old vulnerabilities that usually get patched really fast with operating system updates. So, if someone uses an official version of an operating system or some software, various vulnerabilities get fixed with updates. Yet, pirated version of software does not get those updates (obviously), and users become vulnerable to various infections and exploitations.
Research shows that SystemBC makes use of SOCKS5 proxies to camouflage traffic between the infection and its command and control center (C2). The connection between the C2 and the infected machine over secure HTTP is used for infamous banking Trojans. As far as we know, SystemBC works with Danabot and AzoRult banking Trojans. Therefore, rather than destroying the infected system, this malware allows another infection to establish secure communication with its C2, and then function in the infected system unnoticed. In other words, it is a very elusive infection.
Another thing about SystemBC is that the manual removal might be tricky. There is no definite directory where the payload is dropped. It means that this infection could get installed anywhere on the affected system. To locate this infection, it is for the best to employ a full system scan with a security tool of your choice. Security specialists also suggest that the %TEMP% directory is probably the most likely location for the malware files to be dropped. However, if you are not used to dealing with dangerous programs, and you do not know the inner workings of your computer, it would be for the best to leave the malware removal for the professionals.
How should we protect ourselves from the likes of SystemBC? As it is already established, using official versions of software programs is the main step in protecting yourself from exploit kits. Also, it is necessary to keep your programs updated. Just because you don’t like some new feature, it doesn’t mean that you should avoid updating your system or some program. As mentioned, the updates come with important patches and fixes that eventually protect system from dangerous threats.
Next, it would be a good idea to avoid unfamiliar and potentially harmful websites. If a website has lots f pop-ups and flash advertisements, it is very likely that it can be exploited by cybercriminals to distribute malware. Finally, investing in a powerful antispyware system would definitely help you protect your system from various threats and then remove them, if you happen to have dangerous programs on-board. Likewise, you can remove SystemBC with a security tool, too. Since there is a very good chance that there are other malicious infections installed, you would save yourself the trouble of dealing with them all on your own. Automatic malware removal is always faster and more efficient than the manual removal.